Dec 6, 2012 7:00pm PST
's story. >> reporter: people in the city mark the 40th anniversary of normalizing diplomatic ties between japan and china. he remained in the city where he lived for 50 years. a china couple adopted and raised the japanese youngster. as an adult he worked for a railway company and eventually he became station master. >> translator: i couldn't have survived after the war if my foster parents hadn't taken me in and given me such good care. they were so kind. >> reporter: but watanabe never forgot japan. looking at the picture of mount fuji always pulled at his heart strings. before he moved to china he could see it from his house. so pictures of mountains also surge memories of home. finally, he was able to set foot on the land of his birth in 1988, watanabe visited japan with others displaced by the war. he hoped to reunite with his family. but with so little information about his parents, watanabe couldn't find them. even so he chose to return to japan for good. he and his chinese wife decided to live where his guarantor lived. watanabe was 53 at the time. but settling into japan was not
Dec 3, 2012 7:00pm PST
major cities have to weed through the crowds in the morning rush hour. kim does that in seoul every day. he gets on the subway with a chart weighing 50 kilograms. he's 73 years old. kim earns around $600 a month delivering parcels all over the city. >> translator: this job means a lot to me financially. i will have to find another one if i lose it. >> reporter: elderly who live in urban centers provide a lot of similar services. they say they're happy just to have a job. south korea introduced the public pension system 13 years ago. people who paid into it for at least ten years receive a pension. but just under a third of the population age 65 and above have managed to contribute. they earn an average of about $275, but most have to keep working. some elderly live in rural areas and are pushed to their limits. this is the intensive care unit for people struggling with pesticide abuse. it launched last year in response to growing elderly patients trying to end their lives by drinking the poison. doctors say 95% of the patients arrive after attempting suicide. >> translator: it used to b
Dec 7, 2012 7:00pm PST
, hitting the coastal city of ishinomaki. so far there are no reports of major injuries or damage. authorities lifted their warning and advisories two hours after the quake hit. this tremor struck in the early evening as people were heading home from work or getting ready to sit down for dinner. as we mentioned, spokespersons believe it was an aftershock of the march 11th earthquake. we felt the tremor here in tokyo. buildings swayed for a number of minutes. local authorities in north eastern japan say the earthquake caused limited damage. nhk has learned that ten people were injured in four prefectures, including miyagi and ibaraki. more than 5,000 residents in coastal areas of miyagi prefecture evacuated to higher ground out of concern over tsunami. 15 flights at sendai airport in the northeast were canceled because the airport is in the tsunami zone. two nuclear power plants that were damaged in last year's quake, including the fukushima daiichi plant, did not suffer any damage. the powerful earthquake prompted local authorities to call for the evacuation of coastal areas in fu
Dec 5, 2012 7:00pm PST
in oklahoma city. getting back to normal across the eastern seaboard. finally, let's go over to the european continent. lots of things are going on. frigid air is blanketing the north, producing snow showers for parts of the british isles, southern scandinavian peninsula. rain is intensifying over the iberian peninsula. storms affecting the central and east mediterranean because we have frigid air to the north colliding with warmer air from africa. severe weather will continue into your friday. temperatures are very chilly. only zero degrees in berlin. minus 1 in moscow. minus 2 in warsaw. 4 in paris. you may see snow showers on friday. here's the extended forecast. >>> that's all for this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. do stay with us.